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48 Up, 60 Down For the Week on CBS

48Hours304LostSaturday’s season premiere of “48 Hours” was the No. 1 program among total viewers for the night and was No. 1 in its timeslot in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Drawing 5.54 million viewers, the show had its best audience delivery since April 26 and its best A18-49 rating since Dec. 14, 2013.

Meanwhile on Sunday night, “60 Minutes” took a hit from the NFL. “60″ was off more than 25% from its debut a week earlier. “60 Minutes,” which included a two-part interview with Pres. Obama, was no match for the San Francisco 49ers / Philadelphia Eagles game of the week on FOX.

For First Time Ever, Fox News is Most-Watched Cable Network in Primetime For Full Quarter

Fox News Channel reached a historic milestone in the just-finished third quarter. Not only is the network once again the most-watched news channel, but for the first time ever FNC was No. 1 in extended primetime total viewers (7-11pmET/Mon-Fri) in all of basic cable – topping ESPN, USA and TNT. It’s also the first time since the first quarter of 2003 that Fox News was No. 1 in primetime (8-11pmET).

In extended prime (7-11pmET) FNC is up +11% in total viewers and up +10% in A25-54 viewers for the hours which include “On the Record,” “O’Reilly Factor,” “Kelly File,” and “Hannity,” a lineup which went into affect a year ago next week.

FNC’s gains came as the entertainment and sports networks saw loses: ESPN was down -3% in Total Viewers and down -11% in the demo vs. Q3 2013. TNT was down -13%/-18% and USA was down -23%/-15% from 7-11pmET.

FNC was third for total day viewing, behind Nickelodeon and Adult Swim.

We’ll break down the full news channel quarterly ratings later today. First, here’s a look at how the top cable channels stacked up in Q3 2014 (Mon-Fri).

Cable Network Ranker (Q3 2014)

O’Reilly: ‘Mr. Colbert and Others of His Ilk Have No Bleeping Clue How to Fight the Jihad’

O'ReillyLast night, Bill O’Reilly had a clear message for Stephen Colbert on fighting terror.

“Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight the Jihad,” O’Reilly said. “In the world of the ideologue, where Colbert lives, solutions don’t really matter…it’s how you feel about things,” O’Reilly added before advising his audience to run fast when they encounter people who have nothing constructive to say.

O’Reilly was responding to a segment in which Colbert mocked him for his plan to have an anti-terror mercenary force paid for by coalition forces.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 22

evening news_2014Another split in the evenings: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams takes total viewers while “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir” takes the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year Muir’s broadcast showed the most across-the-board growth: up +11% in viewers and up +9% in the demo.

“Nightly’s” lead on “World News Tonight” last week was 158,000 viewers (less than 2%). That’s the closest ABC has gotten to NBC in four weeks, which was Diane Sawyer‘s final week, and “WNT” got within 40,000 viewers.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up in both measurements: up +3% in viewers and up +4% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up in viewers (+2%) but down in the demo (-7%) year-over-year.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,187,000 8,029,000 6,344,000
• A25-54: 1,811,000 2,002,000 1,507,000

 

The Morning Ticker: Morgan & the Mail, CNBC & China, Elliott & Cho

  • Former CNN host Piers Morgan is joining MailOnline as editor-at-large. Morgan will write several times a week, while pursing new TV ventures in the U.S. He is a former editor of British tabloids The News of the World and the Daily Mirror.

  • CNBC appears to be the latest western network to be blacked out in China as pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue. CNBC news assistant Seamus Conwell Vined the moment when a CNBC international channel went dark this morning.

  • NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and WABC anchor Liz Cho are engaged. TVNewser spotted the happy couple at an event in Manhattan last night just as the news was breaking in Page Six.

Jorge Ramos: ‘Fusion is the Future’

RamosAppearing on “Reliable Sources” yesterday, Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos vowed his network will be instrumental in the years ahead.

“Fusion is the future,” he said. “Without Latinos, it is impossible to do anything in politics or in television.” Ramos added Fusion’s targeting of Latinos and younger viewers makes it a major media player in the next presidential election.
 
“In 2016, no one is going to be able to make it to the White House without Fusion and without Univision.”

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The Evening Ticker: Van Cleave, SPJ, Intruder

  • Kris Van Cleave has been named a New York-based correspondent for CBS Newspath, the network’s affiliate news service. Van Cleave joins from WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was a reporter at XETV/Fox6 in San Diego, and KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs.

  • All three evening newscasts led with the same story tonight, which was based on reporting from the Washington Post. Just after 4pmET today, reporter Carol Leonning broke the news that White House intruder Omar Gonzales made his way all the way into the East Room, much further than first revealed by the secret service.

CBSIntruder

The Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 245 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 75
  • Primetime: FNC: 326 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 185 | HLN: 62

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

228

TheFive:

378

Baier:

346

Greta:

314

O’Reilly:

351

Kelly:

321

Hannity:

305

O’Reilly:

200

Kelly:

207

MSNBC
Wagner:

45

EdShow:

65

Sharpton:

85

Matthews:

85

Hayes:

94

Maddow:

147

Lockup:

173

Lockup:

174

Lockup:

156

CNN
Tapper:

200

Blitzer:

145

Blitzer:

169

Burnett:

164

Cooper:

152

TerrorMall:

211

Cont/Unguard:

–/174

TerrorMall:

105

Cont/Unguard:

–/37

HLN
Now:

17

Files:

26

Files:

83

Secret:

67

Grace:

64

Grace:

73

Grace:

48

Grace:

72

Grace:

100

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Syracuse Cuts Ribbon on Upgrades At S.I. Newhouse School

LichtControlRoomCBS News VP Chris Licht now has a TV news control room named for him. It’s one of the new control rooms at Syracuse University’s new Dick Clark Studios and Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation.

The $18 million upgrade at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications includes five studios, replacing two studios, built decades ago and used by countless Syracuse alum including Ted Koppel, Bob Costas, Steve Kroft, Jeff Glor, Contessa Brewer and Licht.

Oprah Winfrey was the featured guest at today’s celebration. The two major donations of $5 million each, came from the Dick Clark estate (Clark is a 1951 Syracuse graduate) and Alan Gerry, the founder of Cablevision Industries.

CNNgo Launches: ‘There is Nothing Else Quite Like this in the Marketplace Today’

CNNx is now CNNgo.

The digital product, which gives viewers access to live TV, 24 hours of shows, on-demand access to original programs, and more, launched yesterday and is free, without cable authentication, for the next 10 days.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker calls CNNgo “a result of the true spirit of innovation and change that drove Ted Turner to create [CNN] nearly 35 years ago.”

CNNgo is available on desktop or iPad and will soon be made available on TV through cable and satellite set-top boxes.

“The vision, the technology, the programming, the product – all of it was developed in-house through the tireless efforts of our colleagues across the company,” writes Zucker in a note to staff. “We should be very proud of what we accomplished together.”

The roll-out of CNNgo also includes a creative marketing campaign, including this spot:

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